With 42 points collected during the first half of the season, the Red & Whites have a better record at this stage than in 2013-2014 (41 points), but just failed to match their predecessors from 2003-2004 (43 points). They have won 13 of their 19 Ligue 1 games so far, equaling the performance from 2003-2004 (a 68.4% win rate). The record of 26 wins in a single season, which dates back to 1960-1961 (the year AS Monaco won their maiden title) looks to be within reach for Leonardo Jardim’s men, as does the points record set by Claudio Ranieri’s side in 2013-2014 (80 points). Such a total would probably earn a top three place, but would it be first, second or third?
With the second highest goal tally in the first of any Ligue 1 season ever (56), AS Monaco have been scoring freely since August. The Red & Whites have clocked up a goal every thirty minutes, 14 different scorers, 44% of shots on target (the highest ratio in the division), a conversion rate of almost 30%, 9 out of 13 wins by three goals or more, a goal difference of +36... The numbers are quite simply astonishing.
The Red & Whites have not enjoyed the highest possession stats in Ligue 1, although they are in the top five (52% possession over the first 19 games). The team has maintained its identity from season to season (with 49% possession in 2015-2016). Alternating lightning attacks and measured build-up, Leonardo Jardim’s men are displaying fine technique with a 81.5% completion rate from a total in excess of 8,500 passes. They are an attacking side, focusing mainly on going forward (35.2%), and play with plenty of width (50.6% of passes down the flanks). AS Monaco have delivered more crosses than any other side in Ligue 1 this season.
With the seventh best defence in Ligue 1 so far this season, and a resolutely attacking mindset, AS Monaco have still kept 8 clean sheets in 19 matches. The 20 goals they have conceded came in 11 games, and 10 of those were against Nice, Toulouse and Lyon. Often dominant, the Red & Whites have won 49.8% of their duels and been successful with 76% of their attempted tackles.
AS Monaco’s players have collected a total of 33 yellow cards so far this season, placing them firmly in mid-table in the disciplinary stakes (1.7 cautions per match). The same goes for red cards (2). They have, however, conceded more fouls than have been committed against them, according to the officials.